Ford Mustang GT3 Will Do Battle In IMSA Series, Daytona In 202401/28/2022
Ford is no stranger to success in sports car racing, with the recent (and successful) Ford GT LM GTE program leaving quite an impression. Now it is the Mustang’s turn, this time conforming to FIA GT3 class specs, where the factory works teams will do battle in the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship in the GT Daytona Pro category.
There will also be customer cars, which will compete in the GTD class. But all new Ford Mustang GT3 racers will feature a go-fast Mustang standby: a 5.0-liter V-8, based on the production Coyote motor and built by Ford Performance partner M-Sport of England. M-Sport had previously developed the Ford Puma Hybrid rally car for Ford. And this isn’t, of course, the Mustang’s first go at IMSA. A few years back the Shelby GT350R-C got the nod, racing in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with Multimatic.
The Mustang GT3’s V-8 will, of course, be heavily modified for race duty. Ford notes packaging and performance modifications—we presume a dry sump oiling system will be a part of the upgrades, which is only sensible. The GT3 differs greatly from the street car in several respects, with a unique double-wishbone setup at all corners, a rear-mounted transaxle, and obviously its single-minded aero package that we can imagine by looking at contemporary GT PRO cars as well as the skyscraper of a rear wing under the drop sheet in this render.
Multimatic, Ford’s partner for many motorsport and road-going projects of exceptional awesomeness, will manage the two factory teams. Those and the customer cars will debut in the 2024 season starting with the 24 Hours of Daytona. Ford will also develop a GT4 car based on the Mustang, and details on that program are coming soon.
We’ll know more down the road, but we hope that Ford has cautioned its works drivers not to hot dog it out of the pit area lest the Mustang revert to its natural state: sideways and careening toward bystanders.
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